photos by Sophie Crawford and Jessamene Perez

Education for All

photo by Sophie Crawford

photo by Sophie Crawford

Two Rancho Buena Vista High School (RBV) students recently won the statewide Education for All photography contest. Both students were awarded a $1,000 scholarship for college. RBV senior Sophie Crawford chose to depict the struggles and challenges that come with completing high school through a photograph of a classmate in a graduation cap and gown on an outdoor track. “In my photograph I represented academic achievement by crossing the finish line in a cap and gown because graduation is the ultimate achievement in high school,” Sophie said. “The lane behind him is the path he took to get to the finish line. If you’ve ever ran a race you would know that it takes a lot of sacrifice and struggling in order to succeed. I thought the perfect way to show achievement in education was through a race to the finish line. The next step after crossing the finish line is what comes next in your journey of life.” Sophie will attend Vanguard University and someday hopes to become a teacher.

RBV junior Jessamene Perez wanted to make a statement about diversity and inclusion through her photograph. “It is not our differences that divide us,” she said. “It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.” Jessamene’s photograph shows a group of hands holding a globe up to the sky. “Diversity is what brings us together to stand out and accept culture differences and heritage,” she continued. “Young people need to be taught that diversity is okay and should embrace it.” Jessamene plans to study nursing at Palomar College.